Herts frustrated by Cumberland and the weather

PUBLISHED: 13:23 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Aaron Laraman bowling

Aaron Laraman bowling

Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division Herts 252-9 Cumberland 293-7 - match drawn HERTFORSHIRE S deeply frustrating season took another twist when rain ruined their final home match against Cumberland at Long Marston. This means Herts are still lo

Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division

Herts 252-9 Cumberland 293-7 - match drawn

HERTFORSHIRE'S deeply frustrating season took another twist when rain ruined their final home match against Cumberland at Long Marston.

This means Herts are still looking for their first win of the summer, with just one game to come, away to Suffolk on August 17-19.

Heavy rain on Sunday morning delayed the start until after lunch and meant that the captain winning the toss would be faced with a hard decision.

So it was only after much deliberation that North Mymms' Andy Lewis decided Herts would bat first.

Potters Bar opener Steve Gale departed early, but then Lewis and Stevenage's Gary Brown put on 80 for the second wicket.

But when those two and ex-Surrey man David Ward went in quick succession, Herts were struggling on 98-4.

That became 127-5 when WGC's Aaron Laraman fell for 20 early on the second morning.

Will Spencer, the Harpenden batsman who was making his debut, was then joined by Welwyn Garden City all-rounder Ben Frazer in the best partnership of the innings.

However, just when they were looking to push the scoring rate upwards, Spencer fell leg before for 48, one of six lbw decisions in the Herts innings.

Frazer soon followed for 41, and Radlett's Paul Barker and WGC all-rounder Simon White also soon perished as Herts collapsed from a promising 200-5 to 211-9.

North Mymms player Andy Hicks, with 15 runs, and Sawbridgeworth wicketkeeper Simon Greenall (24) dug in for an unbeaten last wicket stand as Herts finished their 90 overs on 252-9, a long way short of what they had wanted when they started out.

With the pitch drying all the time, batting became ever easier, but Herts bowled and fielded well.

With Laraman taking two wickets and Hicks one, Cumberland were reduced to 65-3 and the game was hanging in the balance. However, former Durham batsman Gary Pratt, famous for his 12th man run-out of Ricky Ponting for England during the Ashes triumph of 2005, and former England Under-19 batsman Alex Roberts put together a marvellous stand of 162 in 215 balls.

Pratt, who survived a huge shout for lbw early on, made a fluent 114 before being bowled by Hicks.

Roberts proved immovable and even though there was a little flurry of wickets, Cumberland finished day two on 293-7 with 18 overs still to come in their first innings to forge an even bigger lead.

Hicks took 3-58, Laraman 2-40 and White 1-54.

Tuesday morning's monsoon, though, prevented any chance of another ball being bowled, and the game was called off shortly before 11am.

Herts team: S Gale (Potters Bar), G Brown (Stevenage), A Lewis (North Mymms, captain), D Ward (Old Whits), A Laraman (WGC), W Spencer (Harpenden), B Frazer (WGC), S White (WGC), A Hicks (North Mymms), P Barker (Radlett), S Greenall (Sawbridgworth, wkt).

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